Dividing with Cookies and a FREEBIE

When teaching math, I love to find books that accompany our concepts.  The Doorbell Rang by Pat Hutchins is the perfect book to use while teaching the concept of division.  We don't dive deep into division in 2nd Grade in Texas, but we do expose our students to the idea of separating objects into equal groups.  Pair this great book with Cookie Crisp cereal and you'll be sure to excite your little learners!
As we were reading the book we stopped to model the division problems with our mini-cookies. 
  After showing how we could share the cookies among the friends, we recorded our division problems on our mini-booklets.  You can grab that freebie HERE!
We discussed how to circle our groups and how to write a division sentence that matched our thinking.
Click HERE for the booklet FREEBIE 
Of course we became little cookie munchers and ate up all our manipulatives, so we made these guys...
 On the inside of the mouth students divided their cookies into equal groups and wrote a division sentence to match their picture.  We also used #alltheglue if you can't tell ;)

 Not every student had the same problem.  This helped me really know who was getting it and who was not!  Super easy way to differentiate!
 You can find this activity and other division goodies in my Dishing Out Division unit.  I've given it a bit of an update and added new activities to it :)

Now it's time to enjoy the weekend!  Did you know that when you go back to work on Monday it will be MAY?!  That can only mean one thing... #theendisnear

Miss Rumphius and a Multiplication FREEBIE!

This week in 2nd grade, the students have been learning about Earth Day and multiplication.  I decided to incorporate both subjects into one activity for a little Fun Friday morning!

Since we are reading Miss Rumphius, I thought... let's make some lupines!  And, how wonderful they fit with the concept of multiplication.  All you need are some paint dotters (or you could totally use regular paint, markers, or crayons).  I promise you... give your students paint dotters to work with, and you pretty much become the world's best teacher within a matter of minutes ;)
We started by discussing Miss Rumphius and charting some things about her.  For everything I added to the chart, they had to explain why we should write it down.  "We know she is friendly because the Bapa Raja invited her into his home."  "She went from sad to happy when she was hurt and then became well."

After discussing the book together, we started to make our lupine landscape.  First, students had to get their word problems glued down and their backgrounds prepped.
 I allowed the students to come up with their own numbers for how many stems and blossoms they wanted.  However, I didn't let them go over 6 stems or 6 blossoms each because often times when you give paint dotters students will keep going and going.  That makes it very difficult to solve a multiplication problem when there are dots all over the page!  Basically, they could have between 2-6 stems and 2-6 blossoms on each stem.  We talked a lot about making equal groups and how all of our stems had to have the same amount of blossoms in order for it to become a multiplication problem.
 They really enjoyed making their multiplication problems because:
1.  It was tied into a book that they thoroughly enjoyed
2.  The novelty of paint dotters
3.  They had freedom to create their own problems!
You can grab the word problem freebie HERE.  I also included a version without Miss Rumphius to make it more generic in case you don't have the book.  Looking for more multiplication activities?  My multiplication situations unit has lots of other similar activities!  Click HERE to check that out :)

Have you gotten your Write On! yet?!

Have you taken the plunge to get your Write On! yet?  We have so loved seeing pictures floating around Insta with how Write On! is working in your classrooms :)  Several teachers and students are finishing up Unit 9:  Fiction, so we wanted to take the time to share some pictures that caught our eye!  This also might give you a better idea of how to implement Write On! in your classroom!  First, let's start with "My Night At the White House."

Here you can see how @thehomeschoolstyle set up her brainstorming chart and how her sweet guy is researching for ideas!
 One of the components of "My Night at the White House" is using dialogue in our writing.  

Look how @_mrs.dillon_ used the egg hunt activity to piece together dialogue statements!  So fun!
 I love how @teaching3rdwithmrg shows several of the pieces of Write On in this picture.  You can see the brainstorming, organizing, research, and rough draft all taking place in just one pic!
 I just love the final results shown here from @thehomeschoolstyle!  Also, check out her board in the background... amazing!
 Next up... "How I Became a Pirate!"

Charts are a big part of Write On!  You can see how @sarabeth781 got her board all ready and then the aftermath of student brainstorming!
 One of my favorite parts of Write On! is how engaging the lessons are.  @starsinsecondgrade brought out a treasure chest full of pirate loot so that her students could use vivid vocabulary in their writing!

 Another great board by @seusstastic!
 Here is a story brainstorming chart from @abuckeyeteacher

 It is awesome seeing how teachers are really bringing these writing units to life!  Check out how teachers are transforming their rooms to get their kiddos excited!

 How great is this Treasure map from @starsinsecondgrade?!  
 And, here is her class editing their writing!
 @thehomeschoolstyle always has such great photos.  I just want to plop right in her homeschool room and take part in all the fun she has with her son!!!
Keep sharing those pictures by tagging #writeonwriting!  We would love to see how it is working for you!  Write On:  Unit 11 will be released within the next week... I think you will LOVE it!


Our 2nd graders were completing whale research this past week.  You can see things I've done in the past (along with some freebies) HERE.  They love it each and every year, so we keep it in the lesson cycle for that very reason!  I wanted to use some of the dolphin activities that Katie and I integrated into our Shark book unit from May's Rooted in Reading.  Yep.  You heard that right.  I pulled from May's reading unit and it's only April!  Have you ever considered moving books/skills around to best fit your learners?  Does your district require to you teach in a different sequence than what we have mapped out?  A lot of the seasonal books may not be able to be moved around, but the others... move them around, spice things up, do what you wish!  After all, the Rooted in Reading Police are doing it too, ha!  

Really though, I only needed the dolphin section, so we shall save the sharks for next month!  I picked up some Swedish Fish as an incentive.  I'm not below bribing kids with candy towards the end of the school year... or ever. #truth #whateverittakes 

The Swedish Fish became their dolphin food once their activities were complete.

The lesson started with our Dolphin nonfiction reader.  We learned lots of great information and shared tons of dolphin stories.  What I learned?  Kids LOVE dolphins.  I mean, what's not to love?!

I was able to share my dolphin excursion experience with them as well.  They loved seeing Mrs. Lemons kiss a dolphin, ha!
And, we watched a lot of great videos to see dolphins in action!

 After lots of discussing, reading, and watching it was time to show me a little of what they learned. I didn't require a lot from them.  Actually, I only asked them to write on a sticky note.  Give me some information on a sticky note... you get some dolphin food.  #keepingthingssimple #nothingfancyhere
 We added all of our dolphin information to a chart so we could showcase what we have learned.
 For their second batch of dolphin food, they had to complete a directed drawing of a dolphin.  This also comes from Rooted in Reading May.  In order to get a batch of fish, students had to listen closely, pay attention, and work quietly.  Oh... and they had to color decently, ha!  Can you tell we are nearing the end of the year?!  
 The best part about this was listening to their reactions after drawing their dolphins.  When they were writing their dolphin facts on their sticky notes several of the students had tried to draw a dolphin.  I heard lots of "I CAN'T draw a dolphin!"  "My dolphin looks terrible!"  After I showed them how to do it, they were all so proud of themselves!  We turned lots of "I Can'ts" into "I Can!"

What's in the Bag?

On Friday, our second graders wrapped up graphing.  I decided to dig into my stash pile of all treasures I have saved from over the years... also known as the junk I'm hoarding just in case one ever needs an extra bead, feather, popsicle stick, or anything else of the random category!

I made each partner group a bag of four groups of items.  Some of the things I dropped in were:  feathers, paperclips, notepads, beads, googly eyes, sticks, pipe cleaners, stickers, foam pieces, poms, legos, toy cars, etc.  The first thing students had to do was dump out the items and put them into four categories.

I gave each student a blank graph so that we could work through the parts of a graph together.  We came up with a title, organized the scale, and labeled our categories.  We had some really great discussions about why each part of the graph is important.
Once we had our paper all ready to go, students worked to graph the items in their bags.  We changed tables and checked the graph of another student.  This gave them exposure to another group of items/graph and allowed them to help each other fix any mistakes.
We needed to do a little graph talk, so I gave each student a sticky note to write three things about their graph.

 We finished up by making ourselves holding our graphs!  Crafts like this are great to do once students have finished their work.  It gives early finishers something fun to work on, but doesn't interfere with those that work slower than others.  If they don't get to the craft... it's not a huge deal because they did the bulk of their work already.
 You can grab the graph paper HERE.  For other graphing ideas and activities click HERE!

May Reading, Year Overview, and Questions Answered!

I'm popping in REAL QUICK to share that Rooted in Reading May is finished and on sale until April 11th at midnight!
 Also, I know a lot of you are looking to plan ahead for next year, so I put together a year overview that includes the book titles, comprehension skills, and grammar focus for each month.  We will be editing this document in the coming months to add both the standards for TEKS and Common Core.  You can click HERE to grab this document for free!
A few questions answered:
Q:  Will you be making any versions for other grade levels?
A:  As of right now, no.  I recommend Deanna Jump and Deedee Wills Guiding Readers for K and 1- they have two sets.

Q:  What do we do if we teach in June?
A:  We recommend using either August or September Rooted in Reading to finish out your year.  Both will be released by the end of May.  August will have some back to school things included, but it will be a lot like the other units as well.

Q:  When will August and September be posted?
August:  May 1st 
September:  May 29th

Q:  What should we do if we go back at the end of August/beginning of September?
A:  We recommend just looking through the previews of the two units and the year overview to figure out which one will best meet your needs.  Or, you could get both units and choose which books/skills you would like to use and mesh the two together.

Q:  Will there be a bundle?
A:  I am not a growing bundle kind of person.  They just stress me out!  So, we may bundle when we are completely finished and all of the units are ready to go.  However, we will keep in mind the amount of money people spent on the individual units so that we don't rip anyone off :)

Q:  How many copies of the books do I need? 
A:  We only use one copy of each book and use it as a read aloud.  The nonfiction readers can be copied for your students so that they are also reading along.  Many teachers we know have applied for Donor's Choose projects to purchase all of the Rooted in Reading Books.  Other teachers we know have pled their case to their principals and begged for them to purchase the books!

Q:  Do you use this in addition to a basal?
A:  I have never used a basal to teach reading.  This is used as my main source of reading instruction.

Q:  What books do you use along with the main Rooted in Reading books?
A:  We will publish a list of supporting books this summer for those that are interested in reading books that would pair well with the ones we chose!

I think that is it!  Hope you have a great week!

Basketball Bonanza!

You know it's going to be a fun Friday when you start with materials like this...

a good book and a game!
I decided to integrate Salt in His Shoes with a little graphing today.  Why not kill two birds with one stone and do math and reading together?!  Here's how it worked.

The students got into partners.  Each set of partners had a (cheap) beach bucket and a small foam ball.  They had to take three steps back from their partner to shoot their baskets.  Partners took turns holding the basket and shooting, but everyone had to keep track of their own data.  Some of the students decided to give their partners challenges by holding the buckets on their heads and moving around while their partner was shooting, ha!
While students were shooting/catching they had to tally their makes and misses.  Our goal was to get at least 20 shots each, but after a while we had to call it quits because it was time to move on!

We set down and transferred out tally marks to our graph.  Then, discussed and answered questions about our data.  Afterwards I gave each student a basketball so we could collect our data and represent it on a class graph.  We had some really great discussions and graph talk going on at this point.  After all was said and done I asked the question, "If you were a basketball scout, and you were looking for players to play on your team, how could this information help you?"  They were able to provide great feedback and answers, so I call that a win!  This activity mirrors what is in my Let's Graph unit.  You can grab this basketball graph FREEBIE {HERE}
Of course we had to dig into some Michael Jordan reads, so we read Salt in His Shoes and our Michael Jordan nonfiction reader.  We had great discussions about determination, setting goals, etc.  
We didn't have just a ton of time to write, but they were able to generate a few sentences about what information they had learned :)
 For the students that finished on time or early we had just minutes to spare before recess.  I quickly went through the Michael Jordan directed drawing.  
I have to say that it was a pretty fun time together!  Michael Jordan's story is interesting in and of itself, but when the kids get to move around to play basketball, that peeks their interest even more!
Do you have any favorite graphing activities that are fun and engaging?  I'd love to hear about them below!